Computerworld magazine has just named Dan Wallach, who began his pathbreaking work in security research when he was a graduate student at Princeton, one of its “40 under 40” — an elite group of young innovators and leaders in information technology who “are building careers on their own terms, giving back in a big way and redefining what it means to be successful.”

Wallach is the “research guru who helped design the security architecture used for Java, JavaScript and C#,” Computerworld says in its citation. A professor at Rice University, Wallach is currently on sabbatical and concentrating on his research into voting security as associate director of ACCURATE, a center funded with $7.5 million from the National Science Foundation’s CyberTrust program.

“Dan has a lot of guts and is willing to do things that matter to people,” Ed Felten, who was Wallach’s adviser at Prince­ton, tells Computerworld. Many would say the same about Felten, who will be a speaker at the National Academy of Engineering’s 13th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program. The September event will bring together topflight engineers between the ages of 30 and 45 who are “performing exceptional engineering research and technical work” in a cross-section of disciplines. Here is a recent story about Felten by Chris Newmarker of the Associated Press, which ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer among other places.